Folk and Traditional Arts Appenticeship Program


The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant is designed to honor and encourage the preservation of North Dakota's diverse living traditions. By providing funds up to $3,000, this grant allows master traditional artists to pass their skills and knowledge on to apprentices on a one-to-one basis over an extended period of time.

Traditional and folk arts are shared expressions of identity within a family, community, region, tribe, ethnic group, occupation, or religion. Forms of traditional expression include craft, technical skill, music, dance, and ritual celebration which are usually passed from one individual to another informally, by word of mouth or by example.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully review the Program Overview and Application Guidelines, then call the program officer to discuss the proposal prior to beginning an application.

Deadlines - FY21

  • Application Deadline: Before 11:59 pm (CST) on Friday, May 15, 2020 (updated deadline as of 3/18/2020)

Project Dates

July 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Program Overview and Application Guidelines

All applicants should read these documents thoroughly before beginning the application form.

Who Can Apply

Master Artists

  • Are individual artists who are among the finest tradition bearers in their respective communities or regions;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age; 
  • Must be a North Dakota resident or from neighboring states;
  • Must be a United States citizen or have attained permanent resident status.


  • Are individual artists who should already possess some skills in the traditional art they wish to study;
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to mastery of the art;
  • Must be a North Dakota resident for at least two years prior to the start of apprenticeship activity and continue to reside in North Dakota throughout the contract period; 
  • Must be a United States citizen or have attained permanent resident status. 
Grant Award Range

$3,000 maximum request

Grants Awarded

How to Apply

All applicants are required to use the Go Smart system to apply. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any program. It is only necessary to register once.

Go Smart Tutorial

How to Register and Use Go Smart: PDF download

Click here to apply online

For Questions or Assistance

Contact Folklorist and Program Officer Troyd Geist | | (701) 866-0959